Definition of shorten:
- To become short or shorter; as, the day shortens in northern latitudes from June to December; a metallic rod shortens by cold.
- To make deficient ( as to); to deprive; - with of.
- To make short or friable, as pastry, with butter, lard, pot liquor, or the like.
- To make short or shorter in measure, extent, or time; as, to shorten distance; to shorten a road; to shorten days of calamity.
- To reduce or diminish in amount, quantity, or extent; to lessen; to abridge; to curtail; to contract; as, to shorten work, an allowance of food, etc.
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- decrease (part of speech: verb)
- curtail (part of speech: verb)
- diminish (part of speech: verb)
- lower (part of speech: verb)
- shorten (part of speech: verb)
Three high masses with music, and three more when the boys return from the woods, as your father has asked me, most assuredly these will help him, and also you may be certain they will delight him more than your lamentations, since they will shorten by so much his time of expiation.- "Maria Chapdelaine A Tale of the Lake St. John Country", Louis Hemon.
- "Success With Small Fruits", E. P. Roe.
The ship had long since been ready for action, and the men were now called to the guns; but the enemy did not open fire, but could, by the night glasses, be seen somewhat to shorten sail so as to keep about the same distance behind the Resolution.- "The Bravest of the Brave or, with Peterborough in Spain", G. A. Henty.